Many Christians are up in arms over Jars of Clay front man, Dan Haseltine’s comments on gay marriage. If Dan was directing his comments to believers I would probably agree with his very outspoken critics. But I believe in the context of his comments that he was speaking more to unbelievers. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/25/jars-of-clay-gay-marriage_n_5214742.html

Using Scripture against same-sex marriage is perhaps the most misplaced argument that I’ve heard during this heated debate. People who believe in Biblical morals have every right to use their beliefs to influence what goes on INSIDE their churches. However, according to the Apostle Paul it should stop there.

“But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.” (1 Corinthians 5:11-13)

If Scripture and God’s moral law for believers was the primary force driving secular law, divorce and adultery would be illegal and criminally prosecuted. It’s a very paper-thin argument and that is why it is not taken seriously among the courts or most state authorities.

…So how about lightening up on our brother.

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